Making money the conventional way—getting up at zero-dark-thirty, finding something to wear that no one will laugh at, getting in the car and driving to some tired-out place of business only to be hassled all day long by people whose needs are supposedly greater than yours such that you don’t get your own work done so you have to stay late so you can’t run the errands you were planning to run so that you won’t have to run them during your valuable weekend time for a change—is so 19th century textile-industry old!
Yes, some companies allow their employees to telecommute and you could be one of the lucky ones. I’m one of those lucky ones and I’m still miserable and ungrateful. Not only because I’m mentally burned out but because it’s not total freedom. You’re still doing someone else’s work and the boss is still looking over your shoulder. You still have to bust your butt for a good year-end review so you maybe can get a miniscule salary increase, keep getting healthcare benefits, keep contributing to your 401K, and keep getting any money left over from all that in the form of a paycheck.
And the more time you spend in bondage to the boss, the more you almost begin to think you could ditch it all for one of those internet multiple streams of income-making schemes—Paid Surveys, Ultimate Wealth Package, Plug-in Profit Site, Automated Millions, Blogging to the Bank, EDC Gold, Orovo, The 7 Figure Code, Profit Monster, Project Black Mask… Most of their sites are the same, color- and content-wise—one long page yelling at you in yellow and red (don’t they know red incites anger, not acquiescence?) with the occasional picture of a box of software that’s not really a box of software. But you’re not nuts—you’re sane, you’re savvy, you’re sensible and wise to the ways of the scam artist—so you dare not go there.
Then you think maybe you’ll make something people can’t live without and sell it online. But what, exactly, would you make? And you’ve heard that way to go is a long, hard, rocky, winding road if you want to make money soon, not in another lifetime. Well, anyway, your lap’s empty and waiting for a hot opportunity to drop into it. And you have a bag packed in the event a talent scout calls and needs you to relocate to Successville immediately. But mostly you’re reasonable, so you begin to think of going back to school. And two seconds after you do, you realize that your quality of life would be zero if you were to try to fit even a light school schedule into your already packed life schedule.
So what can you do, where can you go to find a fun, fulfilling, exciting way to make a living if you’re not drop-dead gorgeous or rocket-scientist brilliant? And what fool made up that rule in the first place? The one that says you need money to live here? That’s a scam in itself. I was never told about that rule of the game of life before coming to Earth. Maybe I would have chosen a different planet. Or maybe I would’ve stayed “home,” in the nothingness of “out there” where all the creative writing and musical hooks are… Hey Marci!
Marci “The Slash” Alboher, bio: http://www.heymarci.com/about.html
“Why Settle for Just One Line of Work?” BusinessWeek interviews Marci: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/07_49/b4061004.htm
“The Neurophysiology of Light…” The effect colors have on us: http://www.neuraltherapy.com/neurophysiologyoflight.pdf